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    Choose your programme... The Distance Cert EXEC Suite of Programmes We have the certificate you need. Scroll Down and browse. Which programme will you go with first? Get in touch and we'll let you know when you can start. Certified 5S Professional (C5SP) 5S is a unique methodological approach that can be used as a tool for improving organisation, order and efficiency through a focus on everything having a use and place. Successful implementation of 5S in the workplace can increase productivity and personal effectiveness while reducing waste, disorder and stress. These concepts can be applied in production or administration and can improve both working and home lives. Read More Certified Professional Trainer (CPT) The development and training of others is a key leadership responsibility as well as a role and career in its own choice. In order to develop, being an expert in a subject is not enough; we need to have the right approaches, tools, techniques, methods and structures in order to engage our participants and ensure the utility of our training and development. Read More Essentials of Workplace Professionalism Certificate (EWPC) Workplace professional requires the right behaviours, skills and approach to work as well as understanding and adhering to a set of expectations, guidelines and standards. This is an essential part of the impression we give to others and directly impacts the trust others have in us as well as our prospects. Read More Certified Coaching Professional (CCP) Coaching and being coachable are essential competences for the modern workplace. Coaching can be a form of development, a leadership style, an approach to communication and a workplace culture. Read More Crisis Management Specialist (CrMS) A crisis is a sudden, complex and negative situation that leads to uncertainty and demands that leaders take decisions and actions within a short time frame. Read More Certificate in Workplace Delegation (CWD) Effective workplace delegation is about much more than just passing tasks to someone else; delegation, when done well, can improve time management, clear time for others tasks, motivate others, make use of their skills, provide opportunities and more. Read More Certificate in KPI Usage (CKPIU) Performance measurement is a key managerial responsibility as well as a useful source of information. Correct usage of KPIs and other related concepts can seem daunting. and requires the right knowledge, skills, tools and approaches. Read More Certificate in Analytical Business Tools (CABT) When evaluating organisations or assessing feasibility of a planned project, there are various analytical tools that can be used to support and advance both our critical and creative thinking. Read More Certificate in Change Management and Leadership (CCML) Successful organisational change requires both management in terms of resources, direction and procedures and leadership in terms of communication, vision and obtaining support. Read More

  • Essentials of Workplace Professionalism Certificate (EWPC)

    < Back Essentials of Workplace Professionalism Certificate (EWPC) Workplace professional requires the right behaviours, skills and approach to work as well as understanding and adhering to a set of expectations, guidelines and standards. This is an essential part of the impression we give to others and directly impacts the trust others have in us as well as our prospects. Introduction: Workplace professional requires the right behaviours, skills and approach to work as well as understanding and adhering to a set of expectations, guidelines and standards. This is an essential part of the impression we give to others and directly impacts the trust others have in us as well as our prospects. Objectives: The course has the following objectives: (1) To reflect on and better live up to your organisation’s values and expectations. (2) To better understand what constitutes unacceptable behaviour, including harassment and bullying, in the workplace. (3) To reduce ambiguity about the nature of employee and management requests and what makes requests or accommodations reasonable. (4) To reinforce ideas about professionalism and professional behaviour. (5) To be able to evaluate and create Codes of Conduct. Outcomes: By the end of this course, you will: (1) Have advanced your professionalism overall and understanding of what constitutes (and does not constitute) professional behaviour. (2) Be able to better demonstrate your own professionalism in your working context. (3) Be better able to handle requests and avoid misunderstandings or similar issues. (4) Be able to identify and avoid any negative behaviours in the workplace. (5) Understand and have evaluated numerous dimensions of a Code of Conduct. Total Learning Hours: This course will take approximately 60 hours to complete. Target Audience: The course will be of interest to anyone who: - needs to better understand the concepts of workplace professionalism - wishes to demonstrate their understanding of professionalism - needs to understand what could constitute unacceptable workplace behaviour - needs to address requests from managers and staff - needs to follow or create a Code of Conduct to better display workplace professionalism to stakeholders Content: The course has the following content: - your organisation’s values and expectations - creating job descriptions and considering scope - understanding unacceptable behaviours - forms of harassment - harassment versus bullying - addressing requests from management - making accommodations for staff - what is professionalism? - assessing and evaluating Codes of Conduct Assessment: The course is project-based and you will submit a portfolio of your work created throughout the course for assessment. Fee - special rate for this month's featured programme: £249 (GBP) / €299 (EUR) including preliminary interview, course materials, assessment and certification. Regular fee: £299 (GBP) / €349 (EUR) including preliminary interview, course materials, assessment and certification. Previous Next

  • Certified Professional Trainer (CPT)

    < Back Certified Professional Trainer (CPT) The development and training of others is a key leadership responsibility as well as a role and career in its own choice. In order to develop, being an expert in a subject is not enough; we need to have the right approaches, tools, techniques, methods and structures in order to engage our participants and ensure the utility of our training and development. Introduction: The development and training of others is a key leadership responsibility as well as a role and career in its own choice. In order to develop, being an expert in a subject is not enough; we need to have the right approaches, tools, techniques, methods and structures in order to engage our participants and ensure the utility of our training and development. Objectives: The course has the following objectives: (1) To know and be able to manage all stages of the development cycle and know the pros and cons of a range of developmental interventions. (2) To be able to analyse the needs of course participants and to set goals, outcomes and objectives (3) To be able to deliver engaging training, utilise published materials and produce your own. (4) To know how to use a range of training tasks, methodologies, structures and approaches including roleplays, simulations, gamification and more. (5) To be able to assess and evaluate the outcomes of development through feedback, testing, application, achievement and, where possible, return on investment. Outcomes: By the end of this course, you will: (1) Be able to design and deliver impactful and engaging training sessions. (2) Be able to analyse developmental needs and set meaningful training goals, outcomes and objectives. (3) Know how to make best use of training materials. (4) Be able to manage the training room fully. (5) Know how to evaluate training and development. Total Learning Hours: This course will take approximately 120 hours to complete. Target Audience: The course will be of interest to anyone who: - is involved in training and development in any capacity - wishes to move into training and development in their work - is in a leadership role demanding development of others - needs to design or coordinate training and development - wants to make the transition from subject matter expert to trainer Content: The course has the following content: - The benefits of development - Building a group dynamic - Different forms of developmental intervention - Gamification - Designing worksheets - Training techniques - Room layout and its impact - Understanding motivation - The training cycle and the ADDIE model - Needs analysis - Setting goals, outcomes and objectives - Coaching approaches - Using PDPs and projects - Testing and measuring success using the evaluation models - Using technology - Using visuals, video and audio in training Assessment: The course will be assessed by one of the following: 1. Submission of a recorded training session. 2. Creation of a training proposal for a designated group. 3. A reflective assignment detailing how the training has been used at work. Fee: £499 (GBP) / €585 (EUR) including preliminary interview, course materials, assessment and certification. Previous Next

  • Certified 5S Professional (C5SP)

    < Back Certified 5S Professional (C5SP) 5S is a unique methodological approach that can be used as a tool for improving organisation, order and efficiency through a focus on everything having a use and place. Successful implementation of 5S in the workplace can increase productivity and personal effectiveness while reducing waste, disorder and stress. These concepts can be applied in production or administration and can improve both working and home lives. Introduction: 5S is a unique tool, approach, methodology for improving organisation, order and efficiency through a focus on everything having a use and place. Successful implementation of 5S in the workplace can increase productivity and personal effectiveness while reducing waste, disorder and stress. These concepts can be applied in production or administration and can improve both working and home lives. The 5 ‘S’s are: Sorting Setting Shining Standardising Sustaining Objectives: The course has the following objectives: (1) To understand the meaning and principles of the 5S concept and know how, when and why it can be applied. (2) To know the order of the 5S process and how to implement each stage of 5S. (3) To know how, when and where 5S could be applied at work and at home. (4) To be able to highlight a range of benefits that 5S has. (5) To understand what resistance may be faced when implementing a 5S project and how this resistance can be overcome. Outcomes: By the end of this course, you will: (1) Understand what 5S is and what it involves. (2) Know the original, translated and amended meaning of each “S”. (3) Know where 5S can be applied at work and home. (4) Know how and why changes as a result of 5S can should be maintained in working practices. (5) Know how changes as a result of 5S can be maintained in working practices. (6) Be able to overcome resistance to the implementation of 5S and “sell” the benefits of 5S to others. Total Learning Hours: This course will take requires approximately 15 hours of self-study to complete. Additional hours though this does depend on the length and depth of the project you undertake as part of your assignment. Target Audience: The course will be of interest to anyone who: - has come across the 5S concept and wishes to learn more - needs to better organise themselves or their workplace - is involved in change management and change leadership - is involved in leading workplace improvements - is managing process improvements in the workplace Content: The course has covers the following content: - the meaning of 5S - the 5S process - the benefits of 5S implementation - Sorting, its meaning and how it is conducted - Use of “red tags” - Setting, its meaning and how it is conducted - Shining, its meaning and how it is conducted - Standardising, its meaning and how it is conducted - Sustaining, its meaning and how it is conducted - Overcoming resistance to implementation of a 5S project Assessment: The course is assessed by a short project in which 5S is applied at work or at home. Fee: £69 (GBP) / €79 (EUR) including course materials, assessment and certification. Previous Next

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  • Conference in Vienna at the Competence Center for Business English.

    < Back Conference in Vienna at the Competence Center for Business English. Michelle Hunter 10 Jun 2022 Venturing into new realms beyond the ESP classroom Michelle attended the 10th Austrian UAS Language Instructors' Conference , hosted by the Competence Center for Business English, on Friday 10th June. ABSTRACT: When the university scrapped all business English courses, I transitioned to teaching the interdisciplinary, core module course: Communication in Business. Going beyond BE teaching to EMI (English Medium Instruction) content delivery has been an adventure. In this talk I shall share my experiences of what was transferable from the traditional BE course to the updated EMI communications course. And vice versa. Some things worked better than others – and then we had to go online! Presentation summary: Introduction: Taking on the new Communication in Business course required me to step out of my BE teacher’s comfort zone. I shall touch on 3+1 learning points, giving examples from my classes of what worked well and what could have gone better. Learning #1: communications theories are really interesting and add academic substance to the language we teach in BE. Learning #2: students pick up on when your knowledge lacks depth – you have to keep expanding your knowledge. Learning #3: communication is ALL about language - our technical skills, knowledge and training from the realms of BE is invaluable. Extra learning from moving online: you can bring in outside speakers for added kudos and authenticity in the business communications class. Download a handout version of the presentation slides from here: Vienna Talk_handout version (1) .pdf Download PDF • 4.04MB The conference theme was "In the Classroom and Beyond: Teaching and Learning in ESP Higher Education. The aim was to address various dimensions of English for Specific Purposes (ESP) within new learning environments as well as new and innovative approaches in tertiary education. Previous Next

  • Home | Distance Cert

    Distance Cert Professional Qualifications Distance Cert is committed to accompanying its clients throughout the duration of their time on the distance programmes. We have adapted the renowned Cert IBET course to a distance-learning format, tailored for professionals in the field of English language teaching & training. The suite of certificate programmes comprising the Distance Cert EXEC are designed for aspiring future company leaders & managers looking to expand the professional business skills. The Distance Cert IBET Go to... Distance Cert EXEC Go to... Why Enroll in Our Programs? Self - Paced Program You manage your study time according to your preferences and requirements. Work through the materials in short bursts or in longer blocks of focused study, depending on what else is going on in your life. Create your own routine and study rhythms. We will be there when you need us. Transparent Application Process Email us a completed application form We meet online for a 5 minute interview We agree we are a good fit with each other Distance Cert sends you the training agreement You transfer payment Distance Cert sends you the first batch of study materials - and you are on your way! Professional Mentors Distance Cert tutors accompany you for the duration of your chosen course(s), providing constructive feedback and offering insights from their years of expertise and experience. Your tutors are aware of and respect the knowledge and experience you bring to your studies. Our Trainers Ben Dobbs and Michelle Hunter bring a wealth of training and coaching experience to the Distance Cert courses. They will accompany you throughout the duration of your self-study, mentoring and advising where required; supporting and facilitating you to completion of your chosen certificate. Read More Michelle Hunter Feb 22 1 min Should you start a podcast? Create a blog post subtitle that summarizes your post in a few short, punchy sentences and entices your audience to continue reading.... 4 views 0 comments Post not marked as liked Michelle Hunter Feb 22 1 min Branding for longevity We've been working to create distinctive, eye-catching logos for our new company and the training products we offer. In this short post,... 6 views 0 comments Post not marked as liked “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” Winston Churchill Expand your skills portfolio and maximise your professional opportunities Contact us for more information Based in Europe, available around the world Useful Links About Distance Cert Contact us The Distance Cert IBET Privacy Policy Terms & Conditions

  • Our Team | Distance Cert

    Meet The Team The business skills trainers of today Ben Dobbs Director of Distance Cert Ltd. and Training Mentor. Ben is an independent leadership trainer working internationally. He is also an executive, leadership and academic coach qualified to ILM Level 7 (executive and leadership coaching) and am certified as a Change Management Specialist (CMS), Sigma Black Belt Professional (SSBBP) and Corporate Crisis Manager (CCMC). He works internationally to deliver in-company / in-house courses, he has delivered training courses all over the GCC (Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman) as well as in Europe (Austria, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Malta, Macedonia, Czech Republic, Poland, UK, Ireland) and other international courses in Russia, China, Sri Lanka and Malaysia. Read More Michelle Hunter Director of Distance Cert Ltd. and Training Mentor Michelle has taught business English and delivered tailor-made business skills training courses in companies in Germany since 1999. For the last 12 years she has also taught in German Hochschulen (Universities of applied science) teaching business English. Most recently she developed and now delivers a communication in business course at a Hochschule in Stuttgart. Alongside in-service and pre-service business communication teaching and training, Michelle is pursuing a doctorate in applied linguistics. Her focus is on the emotional impact of teaching and studying through a foreign language - namely English! She aims to complete and submit her thesis by October 2023. Read More

  • Certificate in Workplace Delegation (CWD)

    < Back Certificate in Workplace Delegation (CWD) Effective workplace delegation is about much more than just passing tasks to someone else; delegation, when done well, can improve time management, clear time for others tasks, motivate others, make use of their skills, provide opportunities and more. Introduction: Effective workplace delegation is about much more than just passing tasks to someone else; delegation, when done well, can improve time management, clear time for others tasks, motivate others, make use of their skills, provide opportunities and more. Objectives: The objectives of this course are: 1. To develop understanding of the meaning and purpose of delegation. 2. To know the scope of delegation and how to assess who to delegate to. 3. To be able to use delegation as a time management tool and apply the steps and stages of effective delegation. 4. To be able to use delegation for motivating others. 5. To know how delegation links to leadership and leadership styles Outcomes: By the end of this course, you will: 1. Be able to delegate tasks in order to better manage your time. 2. Know what to delegate and what not to. 3. Be able to use delegation to motivate others. 4. Understand delegation as a leadership style. 5. Know what delegation errors to avoid. Target Audience: The course will be of interest to anyone who: - wishes to use delegation to improve their own time management - needs to demonstrate more trust in their team and therefore delegate more - would like to understand how delegation can be used as a leadership style - needs to increase motivation levels in their team - needs a great understanding of the concept of delegation Content: The course has the following content: - the meaning of delegation - avoiding over-delegation and micromanagement - what should and should not be delegated - using delegation for time management - using delegation for motivation - delegation and task difficulty - delegation as a leadership style - delegation errors and avoiding them - the stages and steps of effective delegation Assessment: The course will be assessed by a single reflective assignment detailing application of the training in your real-life working context. Feature Programme Fee: £105 (GBP) / €120 (EUR) including preliminary interview, course materials, assessment and certification. Regular Fee: £150 (GBP) / €170 (EUR) including preliminary interview, course materials, assessment and certification. Previous Next

  • Certificate in KPI Usage (CKPIU)

    < Back Certificate in KPI Usage (CKPIU) Performance measurement is a key managerial responsibility as well as a useful source of information. Correct usage of KPIs and other related concepts can seem daunting. and requires the right knowledge, skills, tools and approaches. Introduction: Performance measurement is a key managerial responsibility as well as a useful source of information. Correct usage of KPIs and other related concepts can seem daunting. and requires the right knowledge, skills, tools and approaches. Effective KPI usage aids in identifying issues, challenges, flaws and developmental needs as well as supporting decision-making and tracking of progress. Objectives: The course has the following objectives: 1. To understand the meaning, nature, types and uses of KPIs in the workplace. 2. To be able to use a range of tools and structures to set KPIs. 3. To avoid fundamental and common errors in KPI usage. 4. To be better able to track, record and report KPIs. 5. To understand key related concepts such as OKRs, KRIs and CSFs. Outcomes: By the end of this course, you will: 1. Fully understand the nature and different types of KPI and how and when they can be used. 2. Be able to set KPIs at different organisational levels using tools such as KPI trees and link KPIs to vision, strategy and tactics. 3. Know what not to do when setting and using KPIs and be able to avoid errors in KPI usage such as equating KPIs with targets. 4. Know how dashboards can be used to monitor KPIs and identify training needs, performance issues, problems and more. 5. Be able to use concepts related to KPIs such as OKRS, KRIs and CSFs for driving performance of individuals, teams and organisations. Target Audience: The course will be of interest to anyone who: - is in a management position and needs to set or track KPIs for a project or on an organisational, team or individual level - is confused about the meaning and purpose of KPIs - wishes to expand their knowledge of business concepts in general - is likely to be moving into a managerial position in the near future - wishes to advance their knowledge of performance measurement Content: The course has the following content: - Differentiating between goals, objectives, mission, vision, targets and KPIs - What a KPI is and why they are needed - Input, process and output KPIs - Lagging and leading KPIs - Selecting KPIs using KPI trees - Errors in KPI setting and usage - Using dashboards - The Balanced Scorecard - Linking KPIs to quality - Using OKRs, CSFs, KSFs, KRAs and KRIs Assessment: The course will be assessed by production and submission of a portfolio detailing actual or planned application of the training at work. Fee: £349 (GBP) / €419 (EUR) including preliminary interview, course materials, assessment and certification. Previous Next

  • Certificate in Change Management and Leadership (CCML)

    < Back Certificate in Change Management and Leadership (CCML) Successful organisational change requires both management in terms of resources, direction and procedures and leadership in terms of communication, vision and obtaining support. Introduction: Successful organisational change requires both management in terms of resources, direction and procedures and leadership in terms of communication, vision and obtaining support. To make change effective, we need to fully understand the reasons, drivers, barriers and more. Objectives: The course has the following objectives: 1. To understand the meaning and nature of change and transition, why change is needed and what makes change successful. 2. To develop the knowledge, skills and mindset need to both lead and manage change. 3. To have a range of tools for assessing the feasibility of change and likelihood of success. 4. To be able to manage stakeholders in times of change. 5. To know why change might fail and how this can be avoided. Outcomes: By the end of this course, you will: 1. Understand the meaning of change, reasons for change, the links between change and organisational culture, what makes change successful and why change might fail. 2. Know how change leadership compare and contrast, and what leadership styles might occur in times of change. 3. Understand the steps to change and how to manage different stakeholders in times of change. 4. Have developed the tools, approaches, knowledge, hard and soft skills, and mindset required to be an effective leader of change. 5. Have analysed and evaluated real-life case studies of change in organisations. Target Audience: The course will be of interest to anyone who: - will or may be called upon to lead and manage change at any level - wishes to develop their leadership and management capabilities in general - is interested in change and improvement - is involved in any capacity on organisational change - wishes to develop their critical and analytical skills linked to change Content: The course has the following content: - The meaning of “change” and types of change - Change and organisational culture - The causes of change and the need for change - Change management vs. change leadership - An examination of Kotter’s eight steps (including the “sense of urgency”) - Mapping and managing stakeholders in times of change - Using a force field analysis - Decision making and considering impacts - Communication and influencing in times of change - Why change might fail - Case study analysis on change in organisations Assessment: The course will be assessed by the trainee's choice of one of the following: 1. A speculative proposal for a plan for a change 2. A reflective assignment detailing application of the training at work Previous Next

  • Certificate in Analytical Business Tools (CABT)

    < Back Certificate in Analytical Business Tools (CABT) When evaluating organisations or assessing feasibility of a planned project, there are various analytical tools that can be used to support and advance both our critical and creative thinking. Introduction: When evaluating organisations or assessing feasibility of a planned project, there are various analytical tools that can be used to support and advance both our critical and creative thinking. Use of these tools is not simply an academic exercise as the analysis and subsequent results gained must lead to formation of recommendations and concrete action plans. Objectives: The course has the following objectives: 1. To advance critical thinking and analytical skills. 2. To be able to use a range of popular and lesser-known analytical tools and their variants. 3. To improve problem solving skills. 4. To develop competences in innovation and assessing the feasibility of an idea. 5. To be able to synthesise the results of an analysis to put forward recommendations and action plans. Outcomes: By the end of this course, you will: 1. Have gained knowledge of and the ability to use a wide range of analytical business tools. 2. Be able to assess the feasibility of a project. 3. Have developed your analytical skills and critical thinking. 4. Be more innovative, less wasteful and better able to see if an idea is feasible. 5. Be able to make influential, justified recommendations based on your analysis. Target Audience: The course will be of interest to anyone who: - is involved in the formulation of strategies - is required to produce feasibility studies for a company’s activities - wants to develop their critical thinking and analytical skills - wishes to develop their business knowledge - is going on to a course of study that requires knowledge of analytical business tools Content: The course has the following content: - Using SWOT and its variants - Utilising PEST, PESTLE and other forms of contextual analysis tool - Analysis stakeholders - Tools for analysis of marketing (the Marketing Mix) and promotion (AIDA and more) - Analysing products and their lifecycle - Tools for pre-empting problems - Tools for root cause analysis and problem solving - Tools for improvement, waste reduction and change - Drawing conclusions and making recommendations Assessment: The course is assessed by a short project in which the tools learned on the course are applied. Previous Next

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